All Pianos Are Not Created Equal

Each piano is made differently, as it is made from different types of woods, finishes, and more. Pianos come in a range of various sizes, shapes, types, and designs. You can find a vertical piano and a horizontal piano too. Let’s learn a few useful aspects about the assorted types of this very special musical instrument that are available out there. 

Different Types of Horizontal Pianos

A horizontal piano is also known as a grand piano, and it is called horizontal because of its length and placement of strings. This category of piano is said to emit finer tones and contains the best responsive key action. There are six types of horizontal pianos:horizontal-piano

  • Petite Grand: This is the smallest grand piano that you will find and the size ranges from 4’5” to 4’10”. Although it is small, it generates a very powerful sound.

  • Baby Grand: The baby grand stands from 4’11” to 5’6” and it is a sought-after piano because of its aesthetic value and  the amazing quality sound it delivers. Additionally, it is very affordable.

  • Medium Grand: A medium grand piano comes in 5’7”and it is bigger than the baby grand. 

  • Parlor Grand: Manufactured in sizes from 5’9” to 6’1” and pianists call it the living room grand piano.

  • Semi-concert Grand: Stands at 6’2”to 7 feet long and it is one of the best pianos manufactured centuries ago already.

  • Concert Grand: This is the biggest grand piano on the market and it stands at 9 feet.

Different Types of Vertical Pianos

It is named vertical due to its position of strings and height. The piano stands from 36 inches to 60 inches and it comes in four different types:

  • Spinet Piano: The Spinet stands at 36 to 38 inches and the width is measured at 58vertical-piano inches. It is the smallest of all the musical instruments in this category. It is especially popular amongst people who live in small apartments. Due to its size and construction, it is said to have less accuracy and power.

  • Console Piano: Vaguely larger than the spinet piano, the size of a console ranges from 40 inches to 43 inches and the width is about 58 inches. It comes in a variety of finishes and styles, thus, if you were particular about your home decor, then the console would be the perfect choice because it comes in many options. It produces more enhanced tones compared to other vertical pianos.

  • Studio Piano: This type of piano is normally found in music studios and music schools. The size ranges from 45” to 48” in height, whereby the width is measured just about 58”. It emanates excellent tonal quality and it is very durable due to the larger soundboard with longer strings.

  • Upright Piano: With a height that ranges from 50 inches to 60 inches, it is the tallest vertical piano. The width is measured around 58 inches and it is the type of piano that was very popular many centuries ago already. When it is well taken care of, the upright piano can maintain its affluent tone and it can stand the test of time.

Pianos are not made equally, as each of them requires individual attention from the manufacturer. However, you can find a piano that is mass-produced by manufacturers, these days. Regardless of the type, you should learn more about a piano before you decide to buy one. Conduct research on the types, sizes, and sound quality, so that you know which one suits you the best.

From what you have read, would you choose a horizontal or a vertical piano?

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